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Degree: Paralegal
Graduation Year: 2016

Originally I started out at the Berkeley College Manhattan campus. Due to being a single mother of 3 children, 2 of whom are disabled, I couldn't meet the demands of the on campus schedule that was available because of having no help with my kids and being their only caretaker. In order to complete my AAS and BS degrees, I switched over to online classes. I knew that quitting school wasn't an option for me. Berkeley made it possible for me to complete, not just one but two degrees. Not all schools have the online option. In fact, when I first started out at Berkeley, I didn't even know there was an online option, as I went there with the intentions of being an on campus student. However, we all know that life throws us many curve balls. I soon realized that the demands of my disabled children needed to be met, and that I would have to look into the online option. I was definitely reluctant to switch over to online classes. I thought to myself. how will I be able to actually learn by being secluded behind a computer screen and not having real life interaction with peers and professors? I realized quickly, that I had tons of interaction with my peers, as well as professors. I was able to "meet" people in the military, stationed in Iraq and other places in my classes. I learned about other students and cultures on the discussion boards from different states and backgrounds. If I didn't understand something, I was able to talk to my professor and get the answers that I needed. I had an advisor that I could reach out to at anytime - every step of the way! The helpdesk was available for any computer glitches 24/7 to reach out to, which isn't the case in so many schools. It was an excellent experience that I embraced fully. I also had access to everything I had access to as an on campus student. I was able to attend any on campus event that I wanted to, at any of the many campuses that Berkeley has. I was the very first Ambassador of the online Student Advisory Board. I was the liaison between students and staff. I planned events, welcomed new and current students, and made them comfortable in the online setting. I listened to student complaints - addressed them with the staff and higher ups at the school, and made sure that changes were made. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much while having a full time school schedule as well. I was able to juggle the Student Advisory Board, a full time school schedule and still meet my children's needs. A couple of times classes were a bit difficult for me - as math is not my strong point... I was able to get a tutor right away to help me stay on track. Some schools, upon my research, limit how much tutoring you can have, or even make you pay. At Berkeley, it is all included, as much as you need it. Berkeley prepared me for the work world. I had a career coach, while a student, which I still have even after I graduated. They are in constant contact with me, always checking in to see how things are and making sure that I continue to be on the right path. I am also part of the Alumni Association/Family Events as well. I help plan fun (kid friendly) family events for the graduates and their families to attend. I graduated with honors - with both my AAS and BS degree. I was also inducted into the National Paralegal Honors Society. I have no complaints about Berkeley College. I think they do an amazing job with treating all campuses equally. I can proudly say that I went to Berkeley College. I know that I could turn to them when I need something, even though I graduated. They also helped prepare me to feel confident to apply to the Graduate program that I am now in. I was accepted to Rutgers University Online MSW program in May 2016. I am now on my next journey to accomplish new things. Berkeley College helped me to realize that I can accomplish anything that I want to upon graduating from their school. There are many online schools that I looked into while I was taking online classes at Berkeley, just to see if the grass was greener on the other side. Without naming names of the other colleges, I can honestly say that they didn't compare to what I was already receiving at Berkeley. Therefore, I knew that the school I was in, is where I was supposed to be. Anyone interested in on campus or online classes, should look into Berkeley College. The best part about it is that you could combine on campus and online classes. You are not limited in doing solely online or on campus classes. At Berkeley they accommodate your schedule and what works for you, while giving you the education that you deserve and pay for.

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